We recently hosted a special reception in the U.S. Capitol welcoming members of the House of Representatives to the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC). The CAPC is a bipartisan organization committed to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress.
The event was also an opportunity to recognize a new Co-Chair of the Caucus, Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), along with returning Co-Chair Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA).
Richard Patch (ASPCA), Rep. John Campbell, Nancy Perry (ASPCA), Carolyn Schnurr (ASPCA), Rep. Jim Moran
“I’m very pleased and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside of Congressman Moran in leading this important caucus,” said Rep. Campbell. “I look forward to the opportunities the Caucus will have this year to come together in a bipartisan fashion to highlight the animal protection needs that remain unaddressed in this nation.”
Take Action Members of the ASPCA’s D.C.-based Government Relations team had a chance to mingle with legislators, their staff, and others who are interested in animal protection issues. It was a great opportunity to meet new and returning Members of Congress and talk with them about current issues, including passing a ban on horse slaughter and the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. Have you asked your representative to support these initiatives? If not, visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center and get started today!
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) holding Bunker the Dog, Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Move over, iron. After a 76-year run as an iconic Monopoly token, Hasbro just announced the iron will be replaced…by a cat! Joining the other classic tokens, the new feline piece conquered the competition—a toy robot, guitar, helicopter and diamond ring—in a contest on the Monopoly Facebook page. This is the very first time game fans have had a choice in which tokens to add and which to toss.
While we’re a bit sad to see the iron go, we think voters made the right choice. How about you?
Weather Update: Due to the blizzard, this event will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, only. Please watch ASPCA.org/onelove for the latest information.
When Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, the ASPCA’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program was preparing to remove more than 30 cats from a New York City apartment. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, CIA realized that the cats’ situation could quickly develop into a full-scale crisis.
The team took swift action, rushing to the apartment to provide immediate relief. With the lives of the animals potentially at risk, the CIA team acted quickly to remove the cats and bring them to safety.
Animal lovers of NYC, that’s where you come in! This Sunday, February10, at One Love, the ASPCA is hosting a pop-up adoption event for these very special cats, and we can’t wait for you to meet them! Each of the adoptable feline cuties is so cuddly, sweet and outgoing that you’d never suspect their lives haven’t been all catnip and stuffed mice.
You can change a life just in time for Valentine’s Day by giving a kitty a brand-new family to love. And if one isn’t enough for you, consider taking home a pair of BFFs! Some of the cats are available in bonded pairs.
Our Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents enforce animal cruelty laws throughout New York City, putting their lives on the line every day to ensure the protection and welfare of animals. So when a humane law enforcement officer in another city is harmed in the line of duty, it hits home for us, and we take it very seriously.
Last month, Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum was killed in the line of duty. In the wake of that tragedy, we have stepped up our commitment to provide funding for animal organizations to purchase bulletproof vests for officers who need them.
Last month, we provided an $8,500 grant to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control to purchase vests for its officers. These vests are the same ones worn by our own HLE Agents.
Needless to say, we are grateful to all hardworking humane law enforcement officers throughout the country, and we’re glad to play a role in helping protect those who help protect animals.
A dating show for dogs? You bet! Please join us on February 12 for a special Twitter party and “live” video event to help spread awareness about pet adoption. The hour-long, Valentine’s Day-themed event will showcase some of our super-cute adoptable pets in a very unique way—think 1970s dating show!
We’ll also be asking trivia questions about legendary animal/human couples and giving away prizes every FIVE minutes! One grand prize winner will receive an ASPCA Tender Voices collection sparkling diamond pendant donated by Zales. Plus, all party guests will receive a secret coupon code for 15% off everything at the ASPCA Online Store.
Our friends from The Fluffington Post and DogTipper will be co-hosting the event—so be sure to tune in to www.ustream.tv/aspca from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. (EST)! And don't forget to follow hashtag #PuppyLove on Twitter to compete for cool prizes in our trivia game!